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Volunteers needed to place American flags on the 1200+ military graves, Saturday,
May 24, 8:30 AM

Help is needed to place American flags on the 1200+ military graves at Fairview Cemetery, located on Pleasant Street, on Saturday, May 24th at 8:30 AM. If you can help, simply come to Fairview Cemetery.

A brief program will be held immediately following at 10:00 AM at St. Peter Claver Church with remarks by James Peter Matthews, Sergeant Major, 76th Operational Response Command, and Mayor Scott Slifka and Minority Leader Denise Hall. Father James F. Leary of St. Peter Claver Church will give the invocation and benediction. Pizza and ice cream will be served to all those who help.

For more information, contact Denise Hall at DeniseHall@comcast.net.

Memorial Day Parade, May 26, 10 AM

The West Hartford Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM. West Hartford takes great pride in hosting its annual Memorial Day Parade. It follows a tradition established by returning West Hartford veterans from World War I in the 1920s. The West Hartford Veterans Commission welcomes all veterans, with a group or alone, to join us in the parade. Veterans are invited to Ride the Trolley in the parade.

Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30 AM in designated areas west of Woodrow Street on Farmington Avenue. Click on the 'Parade Orders'  to find your line-up location.

Line of March:  The parade begins on Farmington Avenue, at theintersection of Woodrow Street, and contingents will march east on Farmington Avenue and then shall turn south onto South Main Street, marching on the east side of the Goodman Green to Burr Street.  The parade shall turn left onto Burr Street and into the Town Hall parking lot to be dismissed by their Leaders.  Exception: the antique cars shall continue south onto South Main Street to the Boulevard to exit the parade.

Review:  The parade shall be reviewed by the parade officials from the reviewing stand located at the south end of the Goodman Green.  Parade officials shall march in the parade to the reviewing stand and either fall out, or continue to the end and make their way back to the reviewing stand.

Weather Contingency:  If weather appears to be a factor on the day of the parade, units will be informed by email as soon as possible or Leaders may contact Peggy Gray at 860-682-8211 after 8:00 AM to find out the status of the parade.  THERE IS NO RAIN DATE

Memorial Service:  Immediately following the parade, a brief memorial service will be held at the West Hartford Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of Farmington Avenue and North Main Street.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  The West Hartford Memorial Day Parade Committee is a joint endeavor and cooperative effort of the West Hartford Veterans Affairs Commission, The American Legion of West Hartford Hayes-Velhage Post 96, and Hannon-Hatch VFW Post 9929, in partnership with the Town of West Hartford.

If you have any questions, please email whmemorialdayparade@yahoo.com.